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Old October 14, 2017, 08:28 AM   #1
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S&W 629

I have a S&W 629 that I won in a pin-shooting match back in 1987. I had a pistolsmith do work on the DA trigger pull. I have been using this fine revolver ever since at pin matches across the USA. My pin load is a 215 gr wadcutter at 1200 FPS. The next match is on Sat 28Oct2017 in neighboring NH. Wish this 61-year-old man luck.
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Old October 14, 2017, 11:42 AM   #2
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Show them young whippersnappers how it's done!

I recently went to a USPSA match and one of the shooters was 79 years old. He was quick on his feet and could hit the targets like nobody's business. He told me he has been reloading for over 60 years!
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Old October 14, 2017, 11:50 AM   #3
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I have a S&W 629 that I won in a pin-shooting match back in 1987. I had a pistolsmith do work on the DA trigger pull. I have been using this fine revolver ever since at pin matches across the USA. My pin load is a 215 gr wadcutter at 1200 FPS. The next match is on Sat 28Oct2017 in neighboring NH. Wish this 61-year-old man luck.
This cannot be true! According to the internet, no 629 can take a steady diet of loads that stiff without being completely shot loose after only a hundred rounds or so!

Best of luck......
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Old October 14, 2017, 07:11 PM   #4
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61, shoot, thats the median age of all the cats I shoot with, Im the young wipper snapper at 38, they all kick butt! You dont need luck, you just need to do what you know how to do.
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Old October 15, 2017, 06:21 PM   #5
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Sounds like a fun load, may have to load a few and give them a try in my 629MG. Good luck at your next match.
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Old October 17, 2017, 04:50 PM   #6
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Your bullet, Otasan, soundsl like Lyman's 429215GC, an old Thompson design, and one that is the most accurate in all of my .44's. I load mine with Skeeter's old load, 7.5 gr of Unique in Special brass for slightly over 1000 fps...a good, all around load for plinking, and everyday chores here on the farm, or into town for an afternoon's pick-ups.

My guns, of choice are a Smith M69, three Ruger .44 Special Flat Tops, and a 629 Smith. All get regular work outs, all are sighted in for the above load, and by far the most comfortable is the new Smith M69 weighing in at a descrete 38 oz. unloaded.

Good luck, Padnuh...those of us long past the 60 yo threshold are with you in spirit.

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Old October 17, 2017, 05:11 PM   #7
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rodfac, Welcome Home Brother! Vietnam, 68/69!

OP, 61? ...geez, you are just a mere child....when you grow up, tell us about your youthful shooting! LOL!

69 here (beautiful age) and so happy to be here....rodfac will more likely understand as per my first paragraph!

Please come back and tell us how that 629 does.

I am looking at the 629 (just recently got a 627) but have to justify a need for 44 magnum and will probably do the "because I want it" and "because I don't have one" justification!

Do well and enjoy!
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Old October 17, 2017, 06:44 PM   #8
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rodfac, Welcome Home Brother! Vietnam, 68/69!

OP, 61? ...geez, you are just a mere child....when you grow up, tell us about your youthful shooting! LOL!

69 here (beautiful age) and so happy to be here....rodfac will more likely understand as per my first paragraph!

Please come back and tell us how that 629 does.

I am looking at the 629 (just recently got a 627) but have to justify a need for 44 magnum and will probably do the "because I want it" and "because I don't have one" justification!

Do well and enjoy!
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Old October 17, 2017, 08:10 PM   #9
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Got my second 29 six months ago and have not fired it yet.

I use 200 grain X-Tremes with 8.3 of Red dot for pleasant shooting with my other 29.
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Old October 18, 2017, 05:28 PM   #10
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Is it time to form a Vietnam Veterans' .44 Magnum Club? I was in Vietnam October 1969 to October 1970 stationed in Saigon. I was in a Military Intelligence unit and I suppose (?) no one knew that because I generally wore civilian clothing. I drove my "subtle" blue and white jeep to Tay Ninh on one assignment - it was my only opportunity to view the Black Virgin Mountain. I have a Ruger Original Vaquero .44 Mag and an S&W 629 8 3/8" .44 Mag, both purchased new many years ago. I took the 629 on a whitetail hunt one time - didn't see a deer within range.
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Old October 18, 2017, 06:27 PM   #11
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Didn'tcatchmany and lefeye, welcome home to you as well.

.44's are easy to load for, most any bullet weight if the slug is a good one, will shoot to perfection. Keith's venerable 240-250 gr LSWC's at 0.430" dia. are always a good...hell, a GREAT choice. Penetration, a good wound channel, easy loading... and superb accuracy, what's not to like. Unique, Herco, Win 231 will all give 1000-1100 fps loads, and tight clusters from the 25 yd line. 4227, 2400, Acc#9 all have their uses for real barn burners. Magnum or Special, you can't find a more accurate revolver than a Smith .44....

BTW, I'm coming up on 72 in a few months...but with good glasses, and the sun behind me the guns still have the address to get things done.

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I have a S&W 629 that I won in a pin-shooting match back in 1987. I had a pistolsmith do work on the DA trigger pull. I have been using this fine revolver ever since at pin matches across the USA. My pin load is a 215 gr wadcutter at 1200 FPS. The next match is on Sat 28Oct2017 in neighboring NH. Wish this 61-year-old man luck.
Actually, it is a 210 grain wadcutter.
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